Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Spam Mooncakes

It’s that time of year again. Or soon will be. Just as Christmas shopping starts earlier and earlier in the west each year, it seems that The Mid Autumn Festival or Moon Festival is going the same way, driven by commercial exploitation. The Festival is on September 19th, this year. Supermarkets stop selling anything sensible and stock up on moon cakes. Top hotels reinvent themselves as moon cake markets.

So I am completely unsurprised to receive the latest spam email from the Liuzhou Radisson Blu Hotel offering me all sorts of bargains on their moon cakes.

I can’t stand moon cakes!

What interests me about their advertising, though,  is the crude way they attempt to hide the true price of their confections. For some reason (fraud, I call it), they have rendered the first digit of the price in a much smaller and non-bold font. So what initially looks like 18元, 28元 or 68元  is actually anything between 128元 and 518元.

Of course, no one is going to be taken in by this dishonest nonsense, so what is their point? But then I often ask myself that about many aspects of their operation.


Bah! Humbug!

. This entry was posted on Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 at 2:52 pm and is filed under Chinese Holidays, Food and Drink, Radisson Hotel, Stupidity. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Spam Mooncakes”

  1. David Says:

    With you on the moon cakes . I’ve tried many kinds and can’t understand all the excitement , but I keep that to myself and ooh and aarrrr politely . Trouble is that only tends to encourage more being thrust at me . There must be a polite phrase for ‘no I’m stuffed thank you’ ?

  2. Liuzhou Laowai Says:

    I find “I don’t like mooncakes” works quite well. At least half my Chinese friends agree.

    But then, I gave up politeness a long time ago. It never worked.

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